A woman was mauled to death and another injured by a tiger in a drive-through safari park in China on Saturday, according to reports by The New York Times. The incident which took place in Badaling Wildlife World animal park was recorded on security cameras.
In the video, it is shown a woman is approaching the driver's seat and her husband, who has behind the wheel, opens the car door. It is at this point that a tiger appears from nowhere and drags the woman. Her husband and her mother, who was inside the car, immediately rushed to her rescue.
The horror that unfolded later was not captured by the security cameras nearby, but according to reports it was the mother who was killed while trying to rescue her daughter.
Despite sign boards saying "Cherish your life. Never get out of your car," the woman had gotten off the car because of an argument with her husband, however, a friend of the couple told The New York Times that the couple was not having a fight.
The Beijing tourism website says that the national park has "10,000 heads of wildlife in more than 100 genera, the Wildlife World is an ecological tourist park integrating animal watching, salvation and breeding, leisure and vacationing, popular science education and environmental protection. The park is famous for its raising fierce animals in large groups in open areas. Animals can walk freely in the world."
But this wasn't the first time that an incident like this was reported. In March, a park employee was killed by an elephant, while in 2014 a security guard as killed in a tiger attack. Further, in 2009, a man was killed when he tried to scale the fences to enter the animal enclosure, reported The New York Times.
First Published On : Jul 26, 2016 15:53 IST